Overlooked for promotion because of psychiatric disability

May 2023

Ivan has a psychiatric disability and was employed as a process worker for a food manufacturer.

Ivan applied for a supervisor position which had become available at work. He was interviewed for the position but was not successful. Ivan's psychiatric disability meant that he did not perform well in the interview and he felt this is why he didn't get the job. When other opportunities for promotion became available, Ivan felt he was then overlooked, despite having the necessary experience.

Ivan says that his employer was aware of his disability and should have made allowances for him in the recruitment process.

Ivan lodged a complaint of disability discrimination with ADNSW.

During conciliation, Ivan’s employer said that they were not aware of his disability when he was applying for a promotion.

The complaint was resolved when the employer provided Ivan with a letter of regret and financial compensation of $10,000.  

Last updated:

24 May 2023

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